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Magician Lord puts you in charge of Elta, a wizard who has the task of collecting eight books of wisdom from the clutches of Az Atorse, the god of destruction. By collecting the right power-ups along the way, you can transform into different characters, including the Rajin, Samurai, Waterman, Shinobi, Poseidon, and Dragon Warrior. Each character has different abilities. There are eight areas in the game, and each stage ends with you trying to defeat both a guardian and the end-of-area boss (which are basically Atorse's incarnations). One of the first games that demonstrated the graphical abilities of the Neo-Geo.


Magician Lord Neo Geo Title
Magician Lord Neo Geo Stage 3: "Highway leading to a foreign space"
Magician Lord Neo Geo Boss
Magician Lord Neo Geo Climbing a ladder

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Alternate Titles

  • "ACA NEOGEO Magician Lord" -- PlayStation store title
  • "マジシャンロード" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Aug, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Mega Fun Jan, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Mar, 1991 34 out of 40 85
The Video Game Critic Oct 16, 2002 B+ 83
Video Games Feb, 1992 4 out of 5 80
Lens of Truth Sep 22, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Megablast 1992 73 out of 100 73
1UP! Jun 29, 2002 72 out of 100 72
neXGam 2010 6.9 out of 10 69
Retrogaming History Oct 31, 2009 6.5 out of 10 65


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Katakis | カタキス (39532) added Magician Lord (Neo Geo) on Mar 12, 2005
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